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Differences between Medical Assistants and Registered Nurses?

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HeartsOpenWide is a RN and specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne.

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Your friend make's the rest of us ma's look bad. Most of us never claim to be a nurse since are not. You are what you are and we are not nurse's. No matter what you do in life, be proud of what you are or do not do it. John

Thank you. MA's are always being bashed on this site. It is MA's like these that give the rest of us a bad name. Please nurses, we are not all like this. However, I hope that when I become a nurse that I do not bash MA,s like some people around here do. It reminds me of high school...all the sophomores pick on the freshman, which they were only 2 months prior...:uhoh21:

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catlady has 21 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Thank you. MA's are always being bashed on this site. It is MA's like these that give the rest of us a bad name. Please nurses, we are not all like this. However, I hope that when I become a nurse that I do not bash MA,s like some people around here do.

I suspect it has to do with the fact that MAs don't even register on most nurses' radar unless there's a negative incident such as described by the OP. I myself have never worked with an MA, and my only encounters have been brief, as a patient in a doctor's office.

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MA2006, does that stand for Medical Assistant 2006?

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vamedic4 has 23 years experience as a EMT-P and specializes in Peds Cardiology, Peds Neuro, PICU, IV Jedi.

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It always eats at me when someone attempts to "equate" themselves to others...as in your situation with your classmate.

Put it this way...

medical assistant is to nurse as seed is to mature tree.

Prior to becoming an EMT in '87, I was a medical assistant (high school vocational program)...EMT class proved incredibly enlightening, different knowledge...expanded knowledge. Paramedic school brought even more, and the more you learn...the more you realize what you don't know.

Congrats on your nursing school acceptance!! She's just jealous, I'll bet you a dollar.

Have a great day.

vamedic4

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The amount of education for a RN is a lot greater than a MA..

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I know this girl in Connecticut who makes about $18 per hour doing dialysis, she is going to school now to be an LPN. I guess it depends on the job.

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MA2006 has 1 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg.

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MA2006, does that stand for Medical Assistant 2006?

No, those are my initials ;) ;)

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MA2006 has 1 years experience and specializes in Med-Surg.

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Thanks again for all the replies. By the way, just in case, I wasn't trying to bash MAs..I just wanted to learn more about the profession. I hope I didn't sound like I was, because believe me that was not my intention.

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nursesaideBen specializes in Medical Telemetry, LTC,AlF, Skilled care.

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My mother who is now deceased was a medical assistant right up till the day she died. She worked at a very busy clinic/urgent care centered and truly touched the lives of the patients she helped. Yes, some medical assistants have a chip on their shoulder, some nurses have a chip shoulder but many do not. She would often get very upset when certain nurses would say things to her such as "CMA's shouldn't be allowed to even work, they're awful and don't know what their doing." How rude is that? Was my mother an RN, no. But she went to school, had an associate's degree in medical assisting and was prepared and trained to do the tasks and duties within her scope of practice. She was good at what she did, whenever there was someone who was a hard stick most of the time the nurses and other CMA's hunted down my mom to stick them, just because she wasn't an RN didn't mean she wasn't a terrific CMA and wonderful contribution to the healthcare team. We all have our places whether your an RN, LPN, CNA, CMA, EMT, or whatever and of course there are bad seeds in EVERY profession, just don't close your eyes to occupation because of those bad seeds.

-Ben

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In my school (community college) they have a nursing program and a medical assistant program. Medical assistants had their phlebotomy and vital signs training, basic learning of each body system and a lot of computer stuff. They didn't spend even 1/2 their time in the lab or clinicals like we did.

Can they work in an ICU? Can they work on the floor in a hospital?

Can they hang blood? Titrate drips? Hang fluids? IVPBs?

Can they do med passes in a hospital or LTC, acute care setting?

Can they perform sterile procedures like PICCS, dsg changes. Even hep locks?

Can they change wound vac dsgs?

Can they do assessments?

Does their new grad pay start off at $24/hr plus hire bonus's like in my city?

Can they do travel nursing? Do they get offered $200/day bonus's at 4am when their work calls and says they are short staffed and need nurses NOW to work overtime?

Just off the top of my head... I'm sure there's TONS more. I just don't have much time now.

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chadash specializes in Nursing assistant.

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I have considered becoming a Medical Assistant, because it would be a big step up from CNA. I do not consider a Medical Assistant equal in training to a LVN or LPN, but in certain settings, I think their tech skills are very valid. I do think in medical offices, it is important to employ RNs and not rely on MAs for assessment. I am interested in knowing what you all think of going that route in education, since time and money are a big issue for me. I get a bit mixed up on with whether you all see MAs as a good thing.

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Marie_LPN, RN is a LPN, RN and specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

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Thank you. MA's are always being bashed on this site. It is MA's like these that give the rest of us a bad name. Please nurses, we are not all like this. However, I hope that when I become a nurse that I do not bash MA,s like some people around here do. It reminds me of high school...all the sophomores pick on the freshman, which they were only 2 months prior...:uhoh21:

That's a pretty unfair statement. First, MAs are not always being bashed, and second, any that are "bashed" are the ones featured in the threads about ones refer to themselves as nurses or ones practicing out of their scope.

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